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Karnataka Bengaluru May 11 Highlights: State reports 39,305 fresh Covid cases, 596 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) May 11 highlights: Karnataka Minister Arvind Limbavali on Monday said there are plans to open triaging centres for complete physical tests of COVID-19 patients in ten districts of the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru (karnataka) |
Updated: May 12, 2021 8:05:44 am
Karnataka, Covid-19Medics and relatives after 23 Covid-19 patients died, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen cylinders, in Chamarajanagara District of Karnataka. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka on Monday reported 39,305 Covid-19 cases, taking the total cases to 19,73,683, while 596 more deaths took the toll to 19,372, the health department said.

The state conducted 1.24 lakh tests on Monday, a decline from about 2 lakh tests done daily when the second wave of the coronavirus hit the state. In its media bulletin, the department said there were 5,71,006 active cases, while 32,188 people were discharged taking the cumulative discharges to 13,83,285.

The decline in cases was reflected in Bengaluru’s COVID tally too, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Karnataka. Bengaluru Urban district reported 16,747 infections, a decline by about 4,000 cases compared to Sunday.

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However, the death toll of 374 on a single day remained alarming. The city has so far reported 9,67,640 infections and 8,431 deaths.

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18:46 (IST)11 May 2021
Bengaluru: Covid-19 patients can now walk in to BBMP triage centres, get bed allocated

In a move expected to help many access Covid-19 treatment easier in the Karnataka capital, local body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday announced that triage centres will begin operations across 28 assembly constituencies within city limits. 

"The triage centres shall be a walk-in facility where patients can get themselves checked and then move to either the attached Covid Care Centre or a hospital depending on the need," BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said. 

Earlier, BBMP had formed DETER committees at the ward level, in a bid to decentralise and micromanage Covid-19 cases more efficiently.  

18:26 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka to get 2 crore COVID vaccine doses through global tender

With Karnataka seeing an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, the state government on Tuesday decided to invite global tenders from vaccine manufacturers for procurement of Covid-19 vaccine.

The state is facing severe shortage of vaccines to administer the above 18 years of age. Deputy Chief Minister and state COVID task force head Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said that the state will procure two crore COVID vaccine doses through global tender in order to meet the increased demand and to facilitate vaccination of the age group of 18-44 years.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting he chaired in Bengaluru. Narayan also said that in addition to this, an order has already been placed for three crore vaccine doses, one crore Covaxin and two crore Covishield.

"Till now, we had depended only on vaccines supplied by the central government and it was not procured from the open market by floating tender. Now, it has been instructed to float the tender and to complete the process within seven days," Narayan said.

17:38 (IST)11 May 2021
First Oxygen Express for Karnataka reaches Bengaluru

The first Oxygen Express for Karnataka arrived at Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Whitefield in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The Oxygen Express reached the city at 9.30 am carrying six containers, with 20 tonnes of oxygen each.

According to South Western Railway, the oxygen express carrying six cryogenic containers with medical oxygen weighing 120 tonnes departed from Jharkhand on Monday. According to railway officials, the containers were given a ‘Green Corridor’ so as to transport oxygen to Karnataka at the earliest. The containers have travelled more than 1800 km.

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16:38 (IST)11 May 2021
IN PICS| 'OxyBus' makeshift oxygen units to aid Covid patients

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday launched makeshift oxygen facilities set up in buses in a bid to help Covid patients struggling to get air near government hospitals and triage centres. 

Named ‘OxyBus’ - such makeshift units are expected to support up to 8 patients at a time. “20 such units will be set up near government hospitals and triage centers in Bengaluru, and more later across the state,” Yediyurappa said. 

15:50 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka lockdown: Govt, BBMP decides to provide free food for needy across state

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced the distribution of free food to the needy thrice a day beginning May 12. The government has clarified that the same will continue across the state through Indira Canteens in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, and in other districts and taluk centres till May 24, the day till when the lockdown which is in place to mitigate Covid-19 spread now is announced.

While BBMP is in charge of the scheme in Bengaluru city limits, the government has entrusted the Department of Municipal Administration for the same in other districts. 

"The beneficiaries who receive food packets at Indira Canteen should provide identity card such as voter identification card/Aadhaar card/DL/labour department identity card to obtain the meals," BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said.

15:29 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka: Prompt action saves 650 lives as Mysuru hospital runs out of oxygen

The Hospitals in Karnataka continue to battel the Oxygen shortage in the recent incident a major tragedy similar to the Chamarajanagar incident, where 23 people died due to oxygen shortage, has been averted at Krishnarajendra Hospital in Mysuru by the prompt action taken by the hospital staff who were monitoring the oxygen supply vertical in the hospital.


The government-run Krishnarajendra Hospital had about 650  patients admitted for Covid-19 treatment at the time were on oxygen-supported beds. The hospital has a tank of 13-kilo litres capacity, on Monday the patients were at risk since the oxygen in the hospital was coming down, district administration alerted the oxygen supplier immediately and 18KL oxygen tanker was sent from Ballari to Mysuru which saved all the patients life said Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. “In 18 KL,  11KL was supplied to Krishnarajendra Hospital while the rest was distributed to private hospitals and also other government hospitals,” Simha who also heads Mysuru district’s task force on Covid management, said. 

Last week in Bengaluru in a similar case in the government-run KC General Hospital oxygen storage tank with a capacity of 6 tonnes, almost came down to barely 0.5 tonnes on last Wednesday night where 200 patients admitted for Covid-19 treatment at the time in oygenated beds. 

14:23 (IST)11 May 2021
Explained: The role of DETER committees formed in Bengaluru to streamline Covid management at local level

As Bengaluru continues to witness a daily surge in fresh Covid-19 infections and related fatalities, the state government has decided to manage the pandemic at the local level. On the orders of the state government, Decentralized Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) Committees at ward-levels are being formed in the Karnataka capital, which will be overseen by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

What are DETER committees?
What will be the major responsibilities of WDCs?

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13:27 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka CM inspects BBMP's centralised bed management system

A week after he ordered the police's crime branch to investigate allegations raised by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and two party MLAs of a scam in the Bengaluru municipal corporation's bed allotment system for Covid patients, Karnataka Chief Minister Friday visited the BBMP War Room in Bengaluru to review operations.

He also visited Arogya Saudha in Magadi Road to discuss various measures taken by the health department and local civic body BBMP to streamline hospital bed booking system in the Karnataka capital.

12:30 (IST)11 May 2021
Legal action against those selling medical essentials at exorbitant rates: Govt

The Karnataka government recently announced that it will take legal action against those who try to sell drugs, pulse oximeter, and others at a higher price.

“At instances where such incidents are found, in case these are sold higher than MRP, the public can lodge complaints by calling 112,” a senior official said. The government is also in talks to procure two lakh pulse oximeters. “Of these 25,000 will be procured immediately in the first phase,” Deputy CM C N Ashwath Narayan said.

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11:42 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka has reported the most daily cases, beating Maharashtra

329,942 new cases of coronavirus infections detected on Monday, the lowest in two weeks. Could be a result of low testing numbers on Sunday, when only 14.74 lakh samples were tested against a normal of 18-19 lakh. There was a significant drop in case numbers on Sunday as well. On Monday, more than 18.5 lakh samples tested 

Active cases show a decline for the first time in two months. As on Monday, there were 37.15 lakh active cases, a drop of 30,000 

Big drop in cases reported by Maharashtra. The state reported only about 37,000 cases. For the first time since February, Maharashtra was not the top contributor. Karnataka reported over 39,000 cases. Big drops in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala as well 

3,876 deaths reported on Monday. Again, Karnataka (596) reported more deaths than Maharashtra (594)

11:37 (IST)11 May 2021
WATCH: Oxygen Express  for Karnataka arrived at Bengaluru

First, Oxygen Express for Karnataka arrived at Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Whitefield in Bengaluru on Tuesday at 9.30 am carrying six containers, with 20 tonnes of oxygen each. The train left from Jamshedpur at 3 am on Monday.

According to officials, the containers were given a 'Green Corridor' so as to transport oxygen to Karnataka at the earliest. The containers have traveled 1800+ kms. 

10:27 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka mulls capping ambulance charges for Covid-19 patients

With several complaints of ambulances charging exorbitant rates to transport Covid-19 patients and victims, the Karnataka government is likely to fix a cap on prices across the state.

To discuss this, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Monday met Transport Minister Laxman Savadi. After the meeting, a senior health official said, “The process of initiating a fixed charge or a ceiling for maximum prices has begun. An official notification will be put out once a final decision is taken.”

Last month, the Bengaluru police had arrested an ambulance driver and his associate for allegedly trying to extort the kin of a Covid victim. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) C K Baba had said the duo demanded Rs 60,000 from a woman to take her father’s body to a crematorium.

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09:53 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka: CM calls for setting up task force to plan for possible third wave

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday ordered officials to set up a task force to oversee preparations for a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The CM also directed top officials and district administrations to enforce strict rules, ensuring compliance with the mandatory requirements of the public and avoiding unnecessary movement of people.

09:30 (IST)11 May 2021
Opinion: Tejaswi Surya’s urbane veneer can’t hide his vitriolic politics

Since 2019, Karnataka has had its own Ajay Bisht aka Yogi Adityanath. His looks, age, educational background — and not least his sartorial style — unsuccessfully conceal the same extreme, intemperate impulses. 

It was Tejasvi Surya who, even before he turned 28 and was elected to India’s Parliament on the BJP ticket in 2019, openly declared his “dread” of women’s reservation in Parliament and the legislatures. 

That tweet has since been deleted, but the people — especially the women — of Karnataka possess longer memories than he credits them with. He successfully evaded a summons to the State Women’s Commission on a sexual harassment complaint while on his campaign trail in 2019 — the woman concerned later withdrew the case. 

But not before he put his legal training to protecting “national interest”: He obtained an ex-parte temporary injunction against the publication of “defamatory statements” about him, covering 49 print, television and internet media providers, including YouTube, during the election campaign. Fortunately, the Karnataka High Court thought better of such “prior restraints” and set the injunction aside.


Janaki Nair writes

09:24 (IST)11 May 2021
Karnataka plans to open triaging centres in 10 districts: Minister

Karnataka Minister Arvind Limbavali said there are plans to open triaging centres for complete physical tests of COVID-19 patients in ten districts of the state.

Limbavali, who held a video conference with the deputy commissioners, municipal commissioners and district health officers of 10 districts, said the government intended to set up ward-level triaging centres in the urban areas.

Limbavali,the Forest and Kannada-Culture and Nodal Minister for COVID war room call centre, told the officers to check if the districts had the facilities, including human resource, required to open the centres and inform him immediately.

Deputy commissioners from Dakshina Kannada, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalburagi, Davanagere, Belagavi and Shivamogga, Udupi, Kodagu and Mandya attended the conference.

09:17 (IST)11 May 2021
‘Current demand around 7,000 beds for Bengaluru now’

The state ministerial task force formed to manage Covid-19 situation in the state Monday noted that the demand in Bengaluru city was for about 7,000 beds daily. “To put a check on those who get unnecessarily hospitalised, triaging of these bed-seekers will be done in 60 lakh level-one centres and level-two centres.

According to officials, level-one centres include maternity homes, medical colleges, and Covid care centers while public healthcare centres are identified as level-two. Further, Ashwath Narayan noted that the number of beds required daily for admission might reduce further with effective triaging. “After triaging the number of beds needed daily may reduce to around 2500. With the government now providing 1000 beds apart from the beds reserved in private hospitals, we will be able to meet this demand easily,” he explained.

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09:10 (IST)11 May 2021
Covid-19 second wave: BBMP’s 10 wards report highest new cases in past 10 days

With 3,50,370 new Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru’s 10 wards are reporting more than 4,000 new infections daily for the last 10 days. Most of these wards are on the outskirts of the city and are on the watchlist of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials.

The top 10 wards reporting the highest cases are: Shantalanagar: 4390, Bellandur: 3593, Horamavu: 3036, Hagadur: 2524, RR Nagar: 2522, New Tippasandra: 2486, Varthur: 2287, HSR Layout: 2270, Begur: 2204, Arekere: 2137

In the past 10 days, out of 198 BBMP wards, these 10 wards have reported a total of 27,449 Covid-19 cases.

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08:53 (IST)11 May 2021
Tejasvi Surya ducks questions on ‘communalising’ Covid fight, but says ‘have nothing to apologise for’

Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya, in controversy recently for trying to ‘communalise’ anomalies related to Covid-19 bed allotment in the city, on Monday said he had ‘nothing to apologise for’, as he had ‘made no communal remarks’.

Surya was confronted with questions by reporters during a press meet he convened to list out reforms introduced to the the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Central Hospital Bed Management System (CHBMS).

Even as he refused to answer direct questions on why he read out names of only 17 Muslim staffers among the 205 at the BBMP South Covid-19 war room, Surya claimed, “It is true that I went and spoke to people at the war room. Why should I apologise when I have not made any communal remark? I have not apologised to anybody. I just asked why and how these people (Muslim employees whose names he read out) were appointed.”

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08:39 (IST)11 May 2021
Bengaluru: CCB arrests 2 for alleged black marketing of Remdesivir

The Central Crime Branch of Karnataka police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of two people in Bengaluru for allegedly trying to sell antiviral drug Remdesivir at exorbitant rates.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the accused have been identified as Santosh, a staff nurse at Fortis Hospital, and Sunil, a private ambulance driver. "A raid was conducted Basaveshwar Nagar during which eight vials of Remdisiver were seized from the accused," he explained. 

08:34 (IST)11 May 2021
Bengaluru vaccination drive hits hurdle: Delay in supply from cold chain centre

The fourth phase of the Covid vaccination drive in Karnataka witnessed initial difficulty as many vaccination centres in the capital Bengaluru did not receive vaccine vials from the cold chain centre at Dasappa Hospital.

The primary healthcare centre (PHC) representatives were seen standing in long queues awaiting their vaccine vials for the day. “We got a message on Sunday saying that vaccine vials should be collected from the Dasappa Hospital on Monday and we reached the hospital to collect vials for our PHC, but so far the vaccine has not been given to any PHC or general hospital representatives,” said Shakuntala Pharmacists from Kengeri primary health care centre.

An Asha worker from Seggehalli maternity hospital also faced a similar situation at the Dasappa Hospital. “I have not even had breakfast and came here to collect the vials but so far they have not said anything and are asking us to wait. There was no lunch either and there are no washroom facilities here. We’ve been standing in queue for eight hours now to get the vaccine,” said the Asha worker.

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Meanwhile, the fourth phase of the Covid vaccination drive in Karnataka witnessed initial difficulty as many vaccination centres in the capital Bengaluru did not receive vaccine vials from the cold chain centre at Dasappa Hospital.

The primary healthcare centre (PHC) representatives were seen standing in long queues awaiting their vaccine vials for the day. “We got a message on Sunday saying that vaccine vials should be collected from the Dasappa Hospital on Monday and we reached the hospital to collect vials for our PHC, but so far the vaccine has not been given to any PHC or general hospital representatives,” said Shakuntala Pharmacists from Kengeri primary health care centre. Also read| Bengaluru vaccination drive hits hurdle: Delay in supply from cold chain centre

At the same time, Karnataka lockdown announced by CM BS Yediyurappa is going on across the state. The restrictions will be imposed from 6 am on May 10, Monday, till 6 am on May 24.

Also Read| Karnataka lockdown from May 10 due to Covid surge: what’s allowed and what’s not

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